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Thingvellir National Park
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Owner description: Located 31 miles east of Reykjavik, this is Iceland's most historic site and one of its most scenic landscapes.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

I was not into the history of the park, but the scenery is wonderful. Huge basalt ridge, powerfull waterfall, picturesque church, all made for great views and photos.
no entry fee
very accessible for anyone of any ability.
maybe an hour's drive from Reykjavik - worth the stop while on the golden circle route

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

This place is just awesome. Standing in the canyon where the 2 tectonic plates collide is probably one of the most powerful places on the planet, be sure that you get a 30 min crash course in history before you come there to real appreciate the place.

This is also the oldest parliament in the world and there is a another history there worth checking out.

The place is truly powerful, historical and spiritual. If you only come to one place in Iceland this would have to be it.

1  Thank Sigurdur_Skjaldberg
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is a place anyone with some interest in history (or geology) should visit if they have a chance. It's beautiful (by Icelandic standards certainly, if you're a fan of white sandy beaches and palm trees, you're in the wrong place) and fascinating. Dress warm, bring a guide book, a guide or read the plaques. As others have said, you can stay for a fairly short time, just a few hours, and see most of the "important" things, or stay for longer and really take in the scenery.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We visited Thingvellir National Park on a beautiful sunny day in mid May. We loved the history, geographic significance, beauty and serenity of the park. We kept imagining what it might have been like during its most important times. We hiked throughout the park and down to the lovely church and back. It was idealic and felt almost spiritual....until...hoards of busses descended and unloaded their people who started running and jumping over bridges and barriers while shouting and yelling to their friends. So...visit early in the day or late and try to avoid the buses if you are driving.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

This is a well-designed site, with information provided both in the visitor centre and on various descriptive plaques around the site. Its history (as the site of the original parliament of Iceland) and geography (as the site of the junction between the European and American tectonic plates) make it extremely important to an understanding of Iceland.

You could turn up, look around, take a few photos and leave, but you'll get much more out of the visit if you spend a little longer and invest the time in finding out what makes the site both interesting and important and then take a walk through the site to soak up the ambiance.

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